Applications for the 2nd Henrike Grohs Art Award for an emerging individual visual artist or collective practising in Africa, will open on October 15 and close November 15, 2019.
The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe Institut, Abidjan, Henrike Grohs. She was killed in a terrorist attack in Côte d’Ivoire in March 2013 alongside 17 other people.
A statement from the Goethe Institut and Grohs family disclosed that the prize would be awarded at a ceremony in conjunction with Dak’Art – Biennial of Contemporary African Art in May 2020.
An international jury would award the main prize after a selection committee compiles a shortlist. The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of 20.000€ and a publication produced to the value of 10.000€ on their work. Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners up and will receive a cash prize of 5.000€ each.
Cameroonian intermedia artist, Em’kal Eyongakpa, was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018 with the international jury of Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar), Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin), Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Simon Njami (Curator, Paris).
Online applications will open on October 15 at www.henrikegrohsartaward.africa. All applications must be made via the online entry form.
The late Henrike Grohs studied Ethnology and was Head of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan from 2013–2016. She co-founded the project Next – Intercultural Projects at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Between 2002 and 2009, she worked as Project Manager in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education programme. In 2009, she was appointed Advisor on Culture and Development at the Goethe-Institut in South Africa.